Here’s something you might not have realized: the MG5 EV is the fifth best-selling EV in the UK so far this year. Along with many cars from better-known manufacturers, the MG5 appeals thanks to its practicality and price. Now the styling might just wow drivers, thanks to a mid-life overhaul.
You could never accuse the MG5 of being a particularly eye-catching car. The automotive equivalent of wallpaper, its appeal goes far deeper than its rather bland exterior, rooted in the fact that as the UK’s only electric station wagon, it can cram a lot in – more than most SUVs, anyway.
It’s also cheap in EV terms. It retailed for well under £25k at launch and even when the long-distance version was released last year it was still listed at just £26,495. As such, over 8,000 have already been on UK roads since its launch on the market in November 2020, and if it weren’t for Covid and the ongoing chip shortage, you can bet many more would have found homes.
Now MG have sharpened the styling of the 5 and the car made its debut at Goodwood last month. The front gets LED lamps as standard and sharper air intakes on the chin and cheeks. The rear has also been tweaked and new 16- and 17-inch wheels complete the look.
MG have improved on the MG5 in more than just styling. The infotainment system, linked to a 10.25-inch central touchscreen, can now support iSMART connected car functionality controlled by MG’s app. This should address some of the major complaints that owners have had.
Another nice touch is the inclusion of a vehicle-to-load function, which means owners can power other devices from the MG’s battery. It’s the kind of thing that’s usually only seen on much more premium EVs right now.
Finally, the interior facade gets a facelift, though that’s pretty much it as far as the interior is concerned.
Otherwise, everything is as it was in terms of battery, drivetrain and spec levels. That means 154bhp, 250 miles on a long-range charge, a 61.1kWh battery and 100kW charging capability.
In terms of price, the new MG5 will cost from £30,995 in SE trim and £33,495 in Trophy trim. Now available from MG dealers.